awesome pic for sure, but my take on it.....only worth 1 1/2 cents.....maybe
I don't think the cat is looking for a meal. He's way too close in my opinion. I think he's just sniffing around the deer. Too if you look at the cats head, his ears aren't laid back, and as close as he is, I'd think he'd be preparing to launch onto the deer's back, or taking a swipe at the hind quaters. Plus, I think the deer may even be aware of the cat, but with their sixth sense knows this cat ain't hunting. The deer looks like he's walking away all stiff legged, and his head looks extened. I have seen documentaries with lions sniffing noses with what would be some of their larger end normal prey, have also seen something similar with wolves. I could be totally wrong, have been before and will be again.
still though, what a great picture.